• Blogging Is Good For Your Social Life: Study

    A new study has found Bloggers are better adjusted and live healthier, happier social lives. The research, from Swinburne University of Technology found that “people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog” after a two month blogging period when compared to people who do not blog. The good news also extends to users of social… Read More

  • PC game piracy around 80% in the US?

    Yee-ouch. According to GamePro.com, when it comes to PC games, “piracy rates for the U.S. market alone are hovering around 80%!” These figures come courtesy of Michael Fitch, Director of Creative Management at game company THQ. His original post on the subject can be found here in the Quarter to Three forums. Read More

  • FastCompany.TV Launches: More Scoble, Now On A Beach

    viewNode(“4b7771ec503d4”, {“width”: “450”, “height”: “267”}); Nearly missed this one. The Robert Scoble run FastCompany.TV has launched with more Scoble, more often. In the intro video above Scoble explains what he has planned for the site, complete with a beach scene that is straight out of a daytime soap opera. The site has… Read More

  • Joining the dots on a Google MVNO

    Today T-Mobile Ventures, the investment arm of the European mobile network, has made a ‘strategic investment’ (read, ‘not that big’) in British start-up Ubiquisys[press release]. The firm makes femtocells, a kind of wireless router which turns a broadband Internet connection into a mini-3G base station (but without the cancer-inducing irradiation). Ubiquisys raised… Read More

  • iPhone now fourth most popular Web platform

    [photopress:feb08web.jpg,full,center] Newly released Net Applications numbers show the iPhone at the fourth most used Web browsing platform out there. Windows leads the pack with more than 91 percent of the pie, followed by Mac with 7.46 and Linux with 0.65 percent. Following the iPhone is PlayStation and SunOS. Or, you know, you can just look at the graph up there. These numbers are for February. Read More

  • Rumormill: 3G iPhone June 24 or July 1 for Independence Day?

    Everything that Fox News says is true, everybody knows that, so when Fox says that June will see a 3G upgrade for the iPhone, we know that it’s the honest truth. Fox points out that analysts mention German chipmaker Infineon Technologies has been contracted by Apple to make parts for a June launch. Since the first iPhone came out in June of last year, a June launch this year actually… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen For Obama

    Is Silicon Valley going gaga over Presidential candidate Barack Obama? Netscape (and Loudcloud and Ning) founder Marc Andreessen shares his impressions from an hour-and-a-half private meeting he had with the Senator back in early 2007 and declares him to be “normal,” “smart”, “not a radical,” and incredibly “credible.” We here at TechCrunch… Read More

  • Futuremark attempts to pwn trademark law

    I don’t know if this is more or less ridiculous than Marvel claiming sole ownership of “super hero.” At least they had a hand in, if not creating from scratch, at least popularizing the term. But Futuremark, while an established company in an area where pwnage is rampant, has neither pwned anybody (ever) or even been in a situation where pwning was an option. And let’s… Read More

  • Facebook's German version may not impress the locals after all

    EUROPE: Facebook launches in German this week thanks to 2,000 users who helped translate it for freee using a Facebook application which also now covers Spanish and French. User can set their language to German, and anyone who visits the site from a German speaking country will automatically see the site in German. Facebook applications will also be translated with similar tools. Facebook… Read More

  • TomTom's new GPS units estimate trip time with the de facto speed limit

    This seemed like a no-brainer, I’m not sure why it hasn’t been implemented before. TomTom’s new models, the 730 and 930, estimate trip time using collected data on how fast people actually go on the streets it suggests, rather than the posted speed limits. I guess the question is, where did they get this data? Is there a “send anonymous usage stats to TomTom”… Read More

  • MTV UK and MySpace create chart show

    MTV UK and MySpace are to create a weekly chart show called The MySpace Chart for the MTV2 channel featuring the music videos as voted for by viewers watching the channel and MySpace users. The show launches on March 16 at 7pm. Philip O’Ferrall, the vice-president of digital media at MTV Networks UK & Ireland says the audience for MTV2 and MySpace “are incredibly… Read More

  • Last.fm to power Bild newspaper's radio service

    Last.fm, the CBS-owned London-based social music platform, has partnered with Europe’s biggest-selling daily newspaper Bild to power its radio service on the paper’s website. The move is part fo Last.FM’s bid to consolidate its position as an online radio partner for Europe’s news websites. The Bild integration follows a partnership with Germany’s popular… Read More

  • Would you use an ATM for movies?

    I’m not quite sold on this idea but I thought I’d see what everyone else thinks. There’s a company in Ireland called PortoMedia that’s developed movie kiosks. These kiosks will be found in four unknown US test cities in the near future (please let me know if you see one) and they’ll hold approximately 350 to 5,000 movies, each of which can be downloaded to a… Read More

  • TypePad Introduces Blog Design For Dummies

    Six Apart just made designing a blog layout so easy that even a dummy like me can do it. On its TypePad service, it added a few more themes to bring the total up to: “100 themes, over 1000 professional designs, and an infinite number of customization possibilities.” You can try it out here on TypePad’s new Design Assistant, which recently made its debut on Six… Read More

  • Congrats to Irish bloggers

    The fourth Irish Blog Awards were held over the weekend. By all accounts a good time was had by all. The winner of the Best Technology Blog was Robin Blandford’s ByteSurgery, so congratulations to him. Robin is a keen supporter of the tech startup community, and I met him while he was based in London last year, before he headed for a posting with Reuters in Singapore. Read More

  • Samsung abuses 'ultra portable' privilege with P200

    New rule: no using the term “ultra portable” to describe a notebook that weighs “a mere 1.89kg” — roughly 4.2 pounds — and has a battery that tops out at just barely over three hours. Let’s rightfully refer to that as “thin-and-light” like everyone else. At any rate, the P200 Ultra Portable Notebook PC from Samsung was just announced at CeBIT. Read More

  • ProofHQ – collaborative version tracking

    Everyone has been there. Emailing proofs of documents around for approval. Pretty soon no-one knows who made which changes and the docment is a mess. This is the problem ProofHQ, which has just launched in public Beta, is trying to solve. The London-based private startup has zero’d in on the process used to proof documents, designs and artwork with a web application designed to make… Read More

  • Steampunk Mac Mini wedding gift looks amazing

    Now that’s a good looking Streampunk mod right there. Dave Veloz made a Mac Mini into a Victorian-style computer system (just like the computers they had back then) as a gift for his wife on their wedding day. It includes such intricate details as a brass-looking flat panel monitor mounted to a granite base. Unbelievable and very cool. Photos from steampunkworkshop.com Steampunk Remake… Read More

  • Qualcomm Loses another Legal Fight with Nokia

    Mobile technology company Qualcomm lost another legal fight with Nokia. A British court ruled today that Qualcomm’s claim of patent infringement against handset maker Nokia were invalid. The U.K. High Court said Nokia had not infringed on patents regarding GSM mobile phone standards. Qualcomm has been trying to bring an injunction against Nokia that would keep it from selling products… Read More

  • Convergence gone awry with the vacuum mouse

    What’s worse; That this mouse is also a vacuum cleaner or that the tagline is “Who said cleaning can’t be mouseverlous”? If you’re still reading this, the mouse itself is an 800dpi USB human interface device that also sweeps up crumbs. It costs about $30. Thanko’s Vacuum Cleaner Mouse [GeekStuff4U.com] via Pocket-lint.co.uk Read More

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